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[hahy-lahyt] /ˈhaɪˌlaɪt/
verb (used with object), highlighted, highlighting.
to emphasize or make prominent.
to create highlights in (a photograph or engraving).
Also, high light. an important, conspicuous, memorable, or enjoyable event, scene, part, or the like:
the highlight of his talk; the highlight of the concert series.
the area of most intense light on a represented form, as in a painting or photograph.
Origin of highlight
1850-55, Americanism; high + light1
Related forms
highlighter, noun
1. stress, accent, underline, feature. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for highlighted
  • Then, after the researchers highlighted that section of the diagram, twice as many people figured out how to do it.
  • Contrast this with the plummeting cost of solar power highlighted in the same article.
  • The studies have also highlighted body reactions that are signs of this pattern and are tied to criminality.
  • Somehow it had been easier for him to have his ideas battered generally than to have specific mistakes in prose highlighted.
  • Unfortunately, there's so many of us out there in the media but none of the actual work gets highlighted.
  • While everyone has highlighted the bullying, no one is really trying to answer as to why it happens.
  • The hearing also highlighted several reasons why it'll be difficult to control what apps are doing with user data.
  • The fresh flavor of green beans is highlighted by lemon and olive oil.
  • The flashlight highlighted the anemone's dazzling luminance, while the setting sun added a sense of atmosphere.
  • Knight also highlighted the impact of sugar beets and other crops that may require a lot of water, used to sweeten the drink.
British Dictionary definitions for highlighted


an area of the lightest tone in a painting, drawing, photograph, etc
the most exciting or memorable part of an event or period of time
(often pl) a bleached blond streak in the hair
verb (transitive)
(painting, drawing, photog) to mark (any brightly illuminated or prominent part of a form or figure) with light tone
to bring notice or emphasis to
to be the highlight of
to produce blond streaks in (the hair) by bleaching
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for highlighted



1650s, originally of paintings, "the brightest part of a subject," from high (adj.) + light (n.). The figurative sense of "outstanding feature or characteristic" is from 1855. The verb is from 1861. Hairdressing sense is 1941 (n.), 1942 (v.). Related: Highlighted; highlighting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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